Top recruits breathe sigh of relief on National Signing Day

Smiles.

Wednesday morning, toothy grins meant more than just excitement for Lufkin's Jamarkus McFarland and Sulphur Springs' Tyrik Rollison.

They meant recruitment worries were behind them.

"It was stressful," Rollison said of the recruiting process. "But when I think about it, maybe it wasn't that bad because I'm in a boat where other people couldn't get a chance to go play football and I got a chance to go."

With a few pen strokes, one year of letters, phone calls and visits by some of the country's biggest programs officially ended.

Two schools would be the victors in the big race: McFarland signed with Oklahoma, Rollison with Auburn.

"To go to a good program and to follow some of those guys footsteps at the defensive tackle position it's the grace of God," McFarland said.

Rollison was eager to talk college ball on this day. A big difference from the stipulation he gave KLTV 7 Sports last September before an interview.

Rollison recalled the conversation with a laugh. "No recruitment questions," he recalled saying.

Jamarkus gave Sooner fans a merry Christmas when he verbally committed on Christmas Day.

Both players will get the gift of education this fall and the chance to shine playing NCAA football.

Their goals: Work hard and continue their legendary status.